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Prosecution and Defence close murder case

June 5, 2018 5:03 am

The defence counsel for a former pilot facing a murder charge during his closing submission today said that police were more concerned about getting confession rather than getting evidence in relation to the incident.

The prosecution and the defence closed their case in the High court today.

Imshaad Izraar Ali’s lawyer Abhay Singh while addressing the assessors said that his client was subjected to torture, abuse and assault while in police custody for three days.

It’s alleged that on November 1st, 2009, Ali murdered his de-facto partner, a kindergarten teacher, Rajeshni Sharma at her residence on Rewa Street, Samabula.

The prosecution is alleging that on 1st November between 9pm to 11pm Ali and Sharma had an argument and then Ali allegedly struck her with an iron rod.

It’s also alleged that Ali strangled Sharma with a kettle cord. However Ali denied these allegations.

His lawyer Abhay Singh said that his clients caution interview was fabricated.

Singh said his client is innocent as there were inconsistencies in the evidence given by the state witnesses.

He also said that his client’s rights were breached.

The prosecution in its closing submission said that Ali admitted to killing Sharma in his caution interview.

He said that Ali took the life of Sharma on 1st November 2009 between 9pm and 11pm.

The Suva High court Judge will sum up the case on Thursday.